For users of the original HTC One, HTC’s latest hustle and bustle over its latest devices may cause some feelings of being left behind. If you’re in that boat, here’s some news to brighten your day: Verizon is currently rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the One M7 which brings improvements from mild stability tweaks all the way to Extreme Power Saving Mode, which allows you to go maximum time on each charge.
Motorola’s Assist and Contextual Services apps have been updated this morning to include Home and Driving modes on the Moto E and Moto G. Assist and Moto Voice are run by Contextual Services, so for those of you with the lower-level devices wanting the upper-level software features, this update is a must-have.
Once you update, you will notice that you can use Home mode and Driving mode. Home mode will read out messages when you’re at home for your convenience, and Driving mode will read messages out loud when you are driving and allow you to respond with speech-to-text.
So grab the update, test it out, and let us know what you think!
Google changed things up this year by giving us a preview of the next big version of Android. However, they didn’t name the damn thing. It’s simply Android L. Will that be the name or will tradition remain in place with the “L” being a tasty dessert such as Lollipop or Licorice? All signs seem to point towards Lemon Meringue Pie, but we won’t know for sure until a statue is put out in front of the Googleplex.
Android Wear is still a pretty new piece of software from Google, but it’s looking like we might see Wear version 2.0 hitting smartwatches in the middle of October. Rumors suggest that some Wear devices will start getting an OTA update on October 15th that might bring things like GPS support and Bluetooth headphone pairing capabilities, plus typical improvements and bug fixes.
AT&T will be sending out updates for the HTC One M8 in the next few days to update it to KitKat 4.4.3. The update is hardly a large one, and only brings mild security updates, but it’s still nice to have the most current OS version. The update is 660MB large and is number 2.23.502.3. AT&T is receiving the update just after T-Mobile and long before Verizon, which will receive it in about three weeks.
Source: XDA Developer Forums
The Moto X for Sprint will be receiving a software update in the next few days, which should bring with it some small fixes. The camera received an update which allows for better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash colouring, and improved low light front camera photos all to increase your cameras image quality. The Phone dialer has been updated with a new graphical layout and colors. Motorola Alert can now be downloaded for the device to send updates on your location to select contacts. Along with these more visible differences are a few stability and security fixes to solve minor issues that have been showing their heads recently. For instructions on downloading, follow the link below.
Source: Motorola portal
Flappy Bird creator Dong Nyugen hasn’t yet added his hit game back to the Play Store, but his new game, Swing Copters, has been getting a ton of popularity in the past few weeks.
However, the game has received reviews asking him to make it easier, as many have said that it’s been too difficult to rack up even one point while playing.
In an update released today (now version 1.1), Swing Copters has been improved so users can better predict the character’s movement, thus making it easier to play the game. There are also unspecified bug fixes.
If you deleted the game on its first go-around, now may be a good time to pick it back up (if you’re into this kind of stuff). Hit the break for the link to the game in the Play Store.
The UX design and features found on LG’s G3 flagship will reportedly be brought to future LG entry-level and midrange smartphones and tablets, a company release said today.
The standardization of the UX features from the G3 is part of an effort to make its less-premium hardware feel more high-end compared to competing devices from other OEMs.
Some specific features brought over to other devices include Touch and Shoot, Gesture Shot, Clean View, Smart Keyboard and more. Hit the break for LG’s full release.
Google+ for Android received an update today — in addition to the usual bug fixes, you’ll now have the ability to cast your Google+ stream to Chromecast.
You’ll be able to manually flip through posts on the stream or you can automatically play through the stream. The posts fill up the whole screen, but it looks like GIF-support is not included for now.
The update is pushing out now, so be patient. If you’d rather not wait, head on over to the source link and grab the download files.
Source: Android Police
Today, the OnePlus One began to receive the Android 4.4.4 update, which comes full of fixes for all of the bugs you may have been experiencing. The update brings a fix to the camera called Clear Image. According to OnePlus, “Once you switch on the new Clear Image mode in the Camera app, nothing but awesomeness will be captured.” All pictures should have more detail, and low light shots will be clearer with less noise. To solve the yellow tinting of the screen, the update brings a cooler calibration of the screen.
With the help of the proximity sensor, the phone will no longer switch displays once in your pocket. The touch keys are more illuminated and the device should be much more stable. The issue that prevented vibrations from being deactivated during quiet hours has been fixed too, and now song info will be updated on the lock screen.